Luke 2:14 – Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Luke 2:16, 21 – So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger… he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.
We have had the honor to be a part of the Heights Christmas Eve (and Eve Eve) Services with our animals. This year was no exception. So, enjoy a few photos below and if you get a chance, stop by the Heights church for their amazing services tonight.
If you are not in the Prescott area, visit one of your local churches.
Luke 2:12 – This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. —
Since my children were little, Larry and I have been teaching our children about giving (year round) rather than receiving.
Tonight we hosted a Christmas caroling evening with some of our homeschool peeps. What a blast that we had, even if we couldn’t sing in key!
December 19: Luke 2:9-10 – An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. —
For those that do not know me, I am big on “making it myself.” I like my farm style, homemade decorations. And this includes my Christmas decorations. I was recently going through the Cricut online ideas to see what I wanted to make and saw some ornaments with old trucks on mason jar lids….. I didn’t want old trucks, so here is what I came up with.
I found a scrap of country Christmas fabric in my fabric stash. No, I am not a seamstress or a quilter (although I would love to learn)… I am a crafter only. And that is mostly paper crafts! But I do have a little bit of fabric. 🙂
I used my Cricut Explore to cut my iron-on. However, you can easily cut snowflakes and trees out of iron-on or even out of stickers and use scrapbook paper instead. 🙂 I used the white glitter iron-on (This was a scrap edge from another project. I only needed it 2-1/2 inches tall.
Here is what I used: (Remember to use what you have on hand first! 🙂 )
- Mason Jar Lids (Older, used, clean ones are fine for this)
- Scraps of fabric (or paper) to fit on top of lid flat
- Iron on design or stickers if using paper
- Hot glue gun.
- Jute or ribbon
- iron if using iron on
- What you will need:
- 4×6 canvas (We picked ours up for 3 for $1 at a Dollar Tree!!
- some metallic acrylic paint
- a nativity pattern. ( I cut mine out on some extra removable vinyl left over from another project but you can use them out of paper and temporary tape them.
- a paper towel or sponge
I cut 3 different nativity scenes in a 3.75×5.75 size.
Then, we peeled and stuck the nativities to the canvases.
We added paint to the canvas and daubed it with a paper towel around the pattern.
Once completed, we let dry.
Then, we peeled off the vinyl leaving a beautiful design.
Luke 1:77 – to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
This is a fun and expensive project for your little kids. I found clear plastic Christmas ornaments at the dollar store packaged 2 for $1 and I already had the paint.
Open the top of the ornament and squirt in your paint (2 or 3 colors work best) Add a drop or 2 of water to thin out the paints slightly. Add the ornament toppers back on and SHAKE.
If your kids are very little you and tape the topper back on while they shake so they do not get paint all over their hands (Grayson did! 😉 ) My big kids even made one each!!
Luke 1:38 – “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Luke 1:37 -For nothing is impossible with God.
Every day, I try to take time out for me. …. Reading a book or magazine, writing a note to a friend or even coloring. (Yes, mamas can still color and this one does.
Here is a FREE download of a Nativity color page for you today. Enjoy the Day!
Luke 1:31 -You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.
Time for a little creativity. We are using Dollar $$ store tongue depressors and twine, paint and pipe cleaners out of our craft stash. Every item that we used (minus the hot glue gun) can be picked up at a Dollar store to keep this craft inexpensive.
You will need:
- 6 tongue depressors
(3 whole, 3 cut in half
and one half cut again in half)
- Hot Glue works best – But if not available, use school glue
- Twine, scissors, 1 gold or silver pipe cleaner, sharpie marker, and paint
- Assemble the Manger using 3 whole and 2 half depressors.
- Add Mary and Joseph
- Wrap twine around baby Jesus and glue together cradle and baby Jesus to the Manger.
- Add angel to the top and create a halo with pipe cleaners.
- Paint and add faces
Luke 1:28 – The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Make a craft today. I love creating things… especially things with my kids.
Here is a 1 page print out of a nativity scene for you. We made this many years ago and still print it out every year for my kiddoes.
The download is free. Print on cardstock, cut out the paper dolls and tape them to popsicle sticks. (This year we are laminating ours too). This is a GREAT way for younger kids to retell the birth of Jesus through the season.